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If a Sri Lankan citizen’s or dual-citizenship holder’s death occurs outside Sri Lanka; the death can be registered at a Sri Lanka Overseas Mission.

A death can be registered under the provisions of the Births and Deaths Registration Act (Chapter 110) and Section 7 of the Consular Functions Act No.4 of 1981 and the Consular Functions (Amendments) Act No.18 of 2006.

Applying for a Declaration of Death

Declaration of Death must be made by a close relative or friend or any other person who was with the deceased at the time of death.

Documents required:

The originals of the following documents must be provided. Note: English translations will not be accepted as originals. You must provide:

Application:

One fully completed Declaration of Death application (Form: Registration B 121). The application must:

Death Certificate:

The Death Certificate issued by the relevant authorities.

Coroner’s Report:

The Coroner’s Report issued by the relevant Authorities (if applicable).

Proof of Sri Lankan citizenship of the deceased:

The applicant must provide a minimum of two of the following items:

Identification of the declarant:

The applicant must provide a minimum of two of the following documents to prove the identity of the declarant:

Consular fees: Please consult the Fees and Methods of Payment page for details.

Processing Time: 10-15 business days 

Obtaining certified copies and translations of Death Certificates:

Please provide a written request at the time of the death registration indicating how many additional certified copies and translations of the death certificate are required. Please note there is a fee per certified copy and translation. Please consult the Fees and Methods of Payment page for applicable fees.

Correction of errors on Death Certificates:

Corrections to a Certificate of Death can ONLY be done by the Registrar General’s (RG) office. Please visit the Registrar General’s Department website to download the required forms. The completed forms should be submitted to the RG’s office directly.

Landing of Human Remains in Sri Lanka:

A human corpse cannot be landed in Sri Lanka unless such corpse has been:

Application Process:

You must provide a written request to the Embassy asking for permission to transport/landing of human remains.  After the review of request and required documentation, the Embassy will issue an “No Objection” certificate for landing of human remains.

Documents required:

The originals of the following documents must be provided. Note: English translations will not be accepted as originals.

You must provide:

Death Certificate:

Certificate from the Health Authority:

Burial/Transit Permit:

Certificate from Sri Lanka Embassy:

Coroner’s Report:

The Coroner’s Report issued by the relevant authorities, if the death was not due to natural causes (if applicable).

Police Report:

Passport of the deceased:

Processing time: 1-3 business days 

When a death occurs on a vessel or aircraft:

Application process:

You must provide a written request to the Embassy informing of a death on a vessel or aircraft.  After the review of request and required documentation, the Embassy will issue an “No Objection” certificate for the landing of human remains.

Documents required:

The documents required are the same as those for “Landing of Human Remains”. Please see above.

Processing time: 1-3 business days

Bringing human ashes to Sri Lanka:

Application process:

You must provide written request to Embassy specifying that human ashes will be transported to Sri Lanka in a metal container. This information will then be transmitted to Consular Division at Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo for approval by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Airport Authorities.  Once approval is received from the relevant authorities, the applicant will be informed accordingly by the Embassy. The Embassy will then issue an “No Objection” certificate for transportation of human ashes.

Documents required:

The documents required are the same as those for “Landing of Human Remains”.

Processing Time: 15 business days

Consular fees: Please consult the Fees and Methods of Payment page. 

Returning of documents:

Important Notes: